Nobody asked me but...the seMissourian Christmas Tournament will start next week and it should be the most competitive of the local holiday tournaments. Some of the top teams in the area will clash in the 61st Annual event.
The first round should offer few surprises but look for No. 10 seed Meadow Heights to take down No. 7 Scott City.
Of the second round match-ups, a couple look to be worth the price of admission. Charleston should meet Scott County Central in a game that features two of the most tradition-rich programs in the area. However, this is not your daddy's Scott Central team and the Bluejays should roll to the semifinals.
Cape Central will defeat cross-town rival Notre Dame and will meet Charleston in the semifinals. In day two, the Tigers and the Bulldogs should be the game of the day.
In the semis, Charleston will outlast Cape Central and Jackson will prove to be too much for Bell City.
The Indians and Cubs matchup will be a dandy and will showcase the post play of Jackson's Aaron Redecker and Bell City's Will Bogan.
Both are 6-foot-10 and are forces in the middle for both teams. It will be interesting to see Bogan play against taller competition.
Charleston will blow past the Indians and claim the tournament title. The Bluejays will clearly be the superior team in the tournament and I will be surprised if any team plays within 10 points. Jamarcus Williams wins honor as best player in the tournament.
The Bloomfield Christmas Tournament will also tip-off next week and the field looks ripe for the picking for the No.1 seed Doniphan Dons.
The marquee game of the first day should be No. 6 seed Dexter against No. 11 Hayti. Dexter has won the last seven titles and should get past the Indians.
In the only minor upset of the first round, Puxico will defeat No. 8 seed Kennett.
The second round should prove more thrilling with some excellent matchups. Portageville will get upset by No. 5 Van Buren. The Bulldogs are in rebuilding mode and are at least a year away from making a serious run in the tournament.
Malden will have too much height down in the post and will move past No. 2 South Pemiscot to the semifinals.
Dexter and Twin Rivers will provide the game of the night in day two. Last they played, the Royals escaped Dexter with a two-point victory. Expect more of the same and the Bearcats will fall short again against the No. 3 seed Twin Rivers. Too much Michael Lance of the Royals will spell doom for Dexter.
In the semifinals, Doniphan thrashes Van Buren and Twin Rivers wins a close one against Malden.
Doniphan seems to be the class of the tournament and will win the title over Twin Rivers in a blowout. The Dons have too much firepower and 6-10 center Matt Rogers will be the player of the tournament. No one will come within 15 points of the Dons. Save gas money, give Doniphan the first place trophy now.
What are my fellow sports writers thinking in ranking Sikeston No. 12 in the most recent boys basketball poll? They actually dropped from No. 8 to No. 12 after posting two 20-point victories. Sikeston dismantled Notre Dame who was ranked seventh. The Bulldogs' only losses came to Charleston and Blytheville, which is the best team in the entire region. Where's the respect?
* It is a light week for boys basketball, so come on out to Broseley and watch the girls play in the Lady Royals Classic. Semifinal action heats up on Thursday, with the finals on Friday.
Dexter received the No. 1 seed and the Lady Bearcats will take on Naylor in the semifinals. Dexter has a strong, athletic team that is very well coached. The Bearcats run nine or 10 deep and are led by forward Taylor Nelson. Dexter should roll in this semifinal matchup.
Sikeston will meet Doniphan in the semifinals. The Lady Bulldogs looked tough against Kelly and should give the Donettes a run for their money. Doniphan's Morgan Davis and Sikeston's Allison Blurton will be fun to watch as both have been filling the basket up in recent games.
The Donettes will find a way to beat Sikeston's pressure defense and move on to the finals.
In the finale, Dexter will run too many bodies at Doniphan and will win the title. Besides the play of Nelson, watch Dexter's Mallory Kennedy who has gained confidence in her senior season, and has been a stat stuffer for the Lady Bearcats.
And finally, nobody asked me but...have a safe and wonderful holiday season. You have a couple of boys tournaments to choose from after Christmas. Get out there and show your support and enjoy the high school atmosphere that is boys basketball.